After what seemed to be a long winter and a postpone d race due to rain there were 10 teams who made their way to Kennedale, America to kick off the 2013 Race Season. With a packed house (standing room only) here’s what went down after two rounds of qualifying:
#1 Gaylen Smith – 3.937 at 180 mph (Low ET & Top MPH points)
#2 Steve Wiley – 4.106 at 173 mph
#3 Eddie Roach – 4.413 at 155 mph
#4 Thomas Myers – 4.526 at 131 mph (Welcome back Thomas & Rebecca)
#5 Bob Rankin – 4.894 at 141 mph
#6 Doug Morales – 4.979 at 106 mph
#7 Chuck Poindexter – 5.474 at 148 mph (Best Reaction Time points)
#8 Bob Alexander – 5.853 at 90 mph
#9 Kevin Hargett – 6.335 at 126 mph
#10 Doug Riesterer – 8.769 at 48 mph
Bob Rankin (W) 4.961 at 140 mph (.171 RT)
Doug Riesterer (RU) 8.894 at 70 mph (.110 RT)
Doug’s qualifying blues continued as he filled in for Thomas Myers. He couldn’t seem to get off the starting line. Bob slowed to a 4.961 at 140 mph but captured his first TOPMA round win.
Eddie Roach (W) 4.433 at 160 mph (.044 RT)
Doug Morales (RU) 5.375 at 90 mph (.115 RT)
Other than a couple of test hits Thursday night this was Doug’s first outing with his beautiful new 68 Camaro. He was launching hard but breaking the tires loose at mid track. When this car gets tweeked just right, watch out! Meanwhile Eddie was on a mission to get to the stripe first taking the win.
Gaylen Smith (W) 3.971 at 168 mph (.155 RT)
Bob Alexander (RU) 4.892 at 123 mph (.251 RT)
After suffering a mid-track collision (during his first outing) with the wall last year, Bob returned with a new look to his beautiful 68 Camaro. Bob is basically still getting to know his hot rod but when they get on the same page this is gonna be one fast hot rod. I’m sorry but I have to say that the 2011/2012 champ (Gaylen Smith) was making it look easy last night. The car seemed to like the changes made over the winter. I can’t say it was tied to a string, but it was going from A to B taking that round win.
Kevin Hargett (W) 5.101 at 154 mph (.167 RT)
Steve Wiley (RU) NT
Kevin filled in for Chuck Poindexter who could not return after qualifying and got a competition bye run as Steve was not able to make it to the staging lanes in time for his round. After basically rebuilding his transmission, the Tx Grim Reaper was heading to the lanes but his competition was already going down the track.
Eddie Roach (W) 5.055 at 132 mph (.091 RT)
Kevin Hargett (RU) 5.253 at 142 mph (.110 RT)
This was a close peddlefest but it was Eddie coming out on top for the win.
Gaylen Smith (W) 4.605 at 104 mph (.164 RT)
Bob Rankin (RU) NT
Bob’s luck ran out after his round 1 victory as he had tranny problems giving Gaylen a competition bye run. Gaylen’s numbers down bottom were good but experienced tire shake half track so he clicked it early coasting across the finish line with the win.
Gaylen Smith (W) 4.087 at 162 mph (.125 RT)
Eddie Roach (RU) 5.465 at 97 mph (.060 RT)
Despite Eddie having the holeshot advantage, he couldn’t hold off the Texas Bounty Hunter who claimed the first TOPMA victory in the 2013 season. Congratulations to my guys on a job well done!! Congrats to Eddie for his runner-up finish as well.
The weather was crazy during the off season which kept several new cars from getting valuable testing done prior to the season opener but you can bet that in the coming months these guys will find their combinations and come back swinging. It was great being back out at the track hanging with friends. See ya next month!
TXR Results – 10-12-12 — Mrs. TBH, 12:35:20 10/16/12 Tue
You would have thought this was Friday the 13th (not the 12th) because of all the breakage and oil downs that happened Friday night but here is how everything unfolded. Fifteen teams showed up for the last TOPMA race at Texas Raceway in 2012!
#1 Eric Clark – 3.962 at 183 mph (Low ET & Top MPH points)
#2 Gaylen Smith – 4.007 at 179 mph
#3 E.J. Hickl – 4.107 at 160 mph
#4 Tim Cruce – 4.209 at 170 mph
#5 Randell Reid – 4.265 at 148 mph
#6 Steve Wiley (Birthday Boy) – 4.284 at 154 mph
#7 Jim Brinkerhoff – 4.302 at 167 mph
#8 Chris Shortridge – 4.409 at 173 mph
#9 Eddie Roach – 4.574 at 144 mph
#10 Dennis Hendrix – 4.757 at 154 mph
#11 Jackie Deaver – 4.852 at 108 mph
#12 Bill Doucet (Driving for Clayton Pool) – 5.150 at 100 mph
#13 Chuck Nuytten – 7.342 at 62 mph
#14 David Baldwin – 10.431 at 40 mph
#15 Charles Letteer – NT broke motor in burnout of Q1
Tim Cruce (W) 4.462 at 148 mph (.048 RT)
Eddie Roach (RU) 5.008 at 149 mph (.034 RT)
Eddie went in for Randell Reid who hurt the engine and could not make the call. Despite having the hole shot advantage, he couldn’t hold off Tim Cruce in the Stude.
EJ Hickl (W) 4.839 at 127 mph (.032 RT)
Bill Doucet (RU) 5.151 at 105 mph (.149 RT)
EJ on an off paced run gets the advantage off the line and the win. Doucet goes in for Steve Wiley who broke the converter during qualifying.
Jim Brinkerhoff (W) 4.188 at 170 mph (.087 RT)
Gaylen Smith (RU) NT
Gaylen felt a vibration during the burnout and shut the car off giving Jim a competition bye into the semi-finals.
Eric Clark (W) 3.974 at 182 mph (.047 RT)
Chris Shortridge (RU) 4.430 at 165 mph (.045 RT)
Eric on another clean and straight pass claiming the win.
EJ Hickl (W) 4.136 at 170 mph (.030 RT)
Jim Brinkerhoff (RU) 4.342 at 156 mph (.041 RT)
EJ gets his mojo back and takes the win.
Eric Clark (W) 4.003 at 183 mph (.044 RT)
Tim Cruce (RU) 4.267 at 170 mph (.049 RT)
Eric claims another victory.
Eric Clark (W) 4.079 at 182 mph (.033 RT)
EJ Hickl (RU) 4.489 at 137 mph (.059 RT)
Both cars left good but EJ encountered tire spin/shake and lifted but Eric was able to cruise down the center of his lane for the victory.
Congratulations to Eric Clark and the Clark Bros team for their FIRST TOPMA win. It’s been a long time coming but well deserved! Eric also got the best reaction time points during qualifying. Also congrats to EJ and his team for the runner up finish.